In the warmer parts of the country, it’s not crazy to think about celebrating the holiday season outdoors. In South Carolina that could include holding an oyster roast. That’s what Krystine Edwards did, and she created a special rustic Christmas look for her party.
Krystine writes about decorating and home remodeling on her blog Living Pretty Styled. She set up her rustic Christmas oyster roast as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations and let her work her decorating magic.
Read on for inspiration and ideas for your own rustic Christmas look.
Here in Charleston, the weather around the holidays is unpredictable. One day, you can be freezing and the next day, you’re at the beach. For the most part it stays fairly warm up through Christmas. We spend as much time as we can outdoors and most importantly in our backyard. We are lucky to live on over a half of an acre, so there’s plenty of room to have all our friends over for weekend family fun. So, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge and to use some outdoor Christmas decorations, I was over the moon!
A Rustic Christmas
Luckily for me, our porch is large and I have plenty of rocking and Adirondack chairs. One item that I have always wanted to have in our backyard was an outdoor dining space. Simple enough right? So, we began the process of creating the table. But, for me, I needed a little more than simple. As you read along, I will share with you what else this amazing dining table does. So began our journey to The Home Depot and the lumber section.
One project I was dying to take on was creating a chandelier for the table. I made the light fixture from brass pipe and then attached tree branches with picture wire. Check my blog for this DIY rustic chandelier tutorial.
I really wanted to create a rustic feel. I loved the simplicity of using wood, white and greenery.
Luckily for me, the neighbors were having trees cut down. So, I ran over to the tree guys and asked them to cut disks from the tree for my project. I also had them cut branches, then I drilled a hole in the middle, dipped them in paint, let them dry and dropped these LED tea lights in them.
Now, we have a fabulous outdoor dining space to enjoy with friends and family.
The Oyster Roast
But, that’s not all. You see, here in Charleston, starting around late October, we like to host a lot of oyster roasts. So, we needed an oyster table. However, I felt that having two tables was just ridiculous. So, we did a little extra to this table. The shorter legs are easily removed to be replaced with legs high enough for an oyster table. We made legs using deck posts. Along with that the center of the table is removed to create a space for small crates to be placed to toss the shells and to keep drinks cold.
My husband steamed the oysters in our backyard for everyone.
These oysters were hot!
The table was set and everyone was ready to dive in! These darling 5-quart paint pails are a fun accessory to fill with all the right tools for oyster shucking.
The bins were perfect to keep drinks cool and to toss the oyster shells.
Oyster gloves are an easy find, you can get them from the Home Depot’s garden section. Just make sure they have some kind of rubber grip.
Of course I cannot forget the beverage cart. The nutcracker was love at first sight. The large Martha Stewart shatter resistant ornaments on the bar cart were perfect along with the 4 ft pre-lit trees! The trees were also decorated with red shatterproof ornaments. We deconstructed an old pallet and recreated a blank canvas. I almost used chalkboard paint to create something, but this ribbon was so pretty that I had to use it.
Happy holidays friends! Hope you enjoyed our rustic coastal Christmas!
Krystine Edwards is an interior decorator and real estate agent in the Charleston, South Carolina area. She shares her DIY and decorating ideas and real estate tips on her blog Living Pretty Styled.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.